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Advice from the Constitutional Court rapporteur suggests a veto is imminent

Advice from the Constitutional Court rapporteur suggests a veto is imminent

Further to my entry below, the rapporteur for the Constitutional Court has told reporters that he believes the bill should be scrapped because the vote on some of the articles did not achieve quorum. He said: “367 votes are needed for each article. The reform package should be cancelled completely.” I’m still waiting for someone to show me the legal basis for that. So much for an apolitical judiciary.

The rapporteur’s opinion is only advisory. It will be a group of high judges that make the decision, but few expect a contrary decision to emerge. There will be no referendum, and the president will not be elected by the Turkish people this time. A very great shame.

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